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Toby Flood to join Toulouse from Leicester next season

• England's former fly-half awaits 'great adventure'
• France move to draw line under international career

Toby Flood will join Toulouse from next season, the French club has confirmed.

The former England fly-half's move from Leicester to the Top 14 side has been an open secret, with rumours of his departure seemingly ending his international career earlier this year.

Flood, 28, was omitted from the England elite player squad ahead of the Six Nations Championship, with the Rugby Football Union implementing a policy of not picking overseas-based players apart from in "exceptional circumstances".

"Toulouse symbolise French rugby," Flood said on the French club's website.

"There is history at the core of the club that is respected in the world of international rugby.

"I find many similarities between the history here and that at Leicester. It is among the reasons that made me want to join this club.

"I hope to have the same great adventure here that I have experienced in England."

Flood made his England debut in 2006 but, after claiming the fly-half position, found himself behind Owen Farrell in the pecking order once Stuart Lancaster became coach two years ago. Twenty-six of his 60 caps came as a substitute.

"Coming here will be like a new life for me, with many new things to learn," he added.

"It's like having to become a child again to learn a new way of life and new way of playing at Toulouse."


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